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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Published December 3rd 2012
Yum Cha really lives up to its first name
For those who aren't familiar with the wonder of yum cha, it's a Southern Chinese type of food in which you and your friends sit down and waiters bring trolleys loaded with a multitude of small dishes money bags, steamed pork buns, radish cake, deep-fried prawn dumplings and literally dozens of others.

You say yes to whichever ones sound good (possibly more than one plateful, since one serve is usually four items, costing around $5), and eat until you pass out. If you like spring rolls, you'll like most yum cha offerings. There are also restaurants specialising in just dumplings, but I prefer getting a wide variety of dishes that is the point, after all.

Yum cha (also called dim sum) doesn't always give you food you're used to, or that you can immediately identify, but a yum cha meal has more variety than anything else. If you don't like the bean curd buns, try a pork dumpling. If you don't like the dumplings, hold out for the mango pancakes. Remember to take your time, and to eat a lot. I had about twelve different things, and they were all exquisite. (The problem with taking a photo is that the plates are constantly coming and going, so it's impossible to capture a sense of just how much variety there really was.)

You can try yum cha at Ginseng Restaurant inside the Hellenic Club in Woden.
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Why? Deep-fried delicious (not all of it is deep-fried, but a lot is!)
When: Saturday, Sunday, Monday lunch
Phone: 6281 0899
Where: Ginseng Restaurant, Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Woden
Cost: Around $5 per dish - which adds up fast.
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I lived in Hong King for a year and had the best dim sum there. It's great fun, delicious and very social. I think the more people you dine with the more options you can try.
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